Moving is stressful, but doing it in an organized way, can relieve that stress. This starts by breaking the moving process down into the major stages. We’re now up to moving day.Read more →
Ah, the clear desk. There’s nothing like it. It represents control and a sense of accomplishment, but it’s more than just a nice idea. A clear work surface is nothing less than your MOST valuable organizing tool. That’s right. I said organizing TOOL. As with all tools, a work surface performs best when it is used with the right purpose. Storing junky tchotchkes on your work surface is like using a hammer to saw a plank. So what does your work surface need to be dedicated to? PROCESSING PAPERWORK. To understand why this is so important, compare your office to your computer’s hard drive. A computer uses thousands of megabytes on applications and documents, but it must reserve a certain amount of random access memory for PROCESSING data or it will get overwhelmed and crash. If you run out of work surface to process paperwork, then YOU will be overwhelmed and crash! Now, perhaps you’re saying “Yeah, but I need everything out where I can see it!” I agree that if you need to make a point of acting on […]Read more →
Want to make your home more inviting? The dining table is usually a great place to start. If it’s piled with mail, schoolwork, and crafts then it’s not very welcoming. To keep your table clear and inviting, it helps to think of it as a runway at the FedEx “Super Hub” at Memphis International Airport.
The most valuable organizing tool is a clear surface for processing.Read more →
To get organized and stay organized, STRUCTURE matters. I have often said that to STAY organized you need organizing systems made up of two components: an easy habit and an appropriate structure. To GET organized also requires structure. This is what I call cluttertecture. To get a cluttered room under control, it’s impossible to jump directly to finished systems. Getting organized needs to be done in reliable stages. This can be achieved through effective cluttertecture. Here are some examples. 1. Roadways. You could call this clutter infrastructure. In extreme cases of clutter, you must firstclear pathways to work effectively. Processing clutter often requires more than one person and it demands a certain speed to generate a momentum. This combination can be dangerous if there are obstacles to trip over, so keep the roadways clear. 2. Runways. I’ve often said the most important tool for STAYING organized is a clear surface. This is also true for GETTING organized. After you clear some safe paths, a generous work surface should be the next thing you clear off. This is where the clutter will be […]Read more →
Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, September 2008
DROPS IN A BUCKET
Getting the most out of your time requires many of the same principles as getting the most out of your space, including benefiting from a series of small gains rather than expecting one big one.Read more →